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60 lakh students enrolled in basic schools in 6 yrs: Yogi


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Lucknow: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday while praising ‘Operation Kayakalp’ said as many as 60 lakh new students have got admitted to the Basic Education Council schools in last six years.

Interacting with school children during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popular annual dialogue programme ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’, the CM said before 2017, children were forced to come to schools barefoot and today they come to school in proper uniforms carrying schoolbags containing all necessary items.

He said, “With public participation and inter-departmental coordination, infrastructure facilities have increased in the Basic Education Council schools while the curriculum has also improved leading to the significant increase in the number of students getting enrolled.”

Yogi said innovative efforts like ‘Skilled India Mission’ will give momentum to the campaign to bring about further change in the educational scenario of the state. All elaborate arrangements were made to connect school children in all the districts of the state with the programme of the PM.

The CM was present along with the children in the programme organised at Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey UP Sainik School, Lucknow.

He said Captain Manoj Pandey UP Sainik School was the first Sainik School in the country after which a chain of such schools were opened in the country and UP will have five new Sainik Schools by next year.

Addressing the parents and school management of children going to take the 10th and 12th examination, the CM said children should not be unduly pressurised to score better marks as it could have a damaging impact on them.

He said, “They should be encouraged for a healthy competition, but they should not be pressured for marks. Often, due to the stress arising out of the pressure, the children are unable to perform normally during the examination.”

On the special occasion, Yogi also felicitated the meritorious students who secured excellent positions at state and national levels in the high school and intermediate board examinations in 2021-22. A total of 1698 meritorious students, including 825 boys and 873 girls, from various secondary boards were rewarded with Rs 1 lakh, tablets, citations and copies of the book ‘Exam Warriors’ authored by PM Modi.

Appreciating the talents of the meritorious students, the CM said the recent results of various examinations have shown the creativity of the girl child. “The state government is paying special attention to the education of the girl child. The government has made provisions for making education for them cost-free till graduation so that they become self-dependent,” he said.

An exhibition of various models related to science was also organised by the students of Basic Education Department and Secondary Education Department at the venue. The CM visited the exhibition and took information from the students about their models.

Meanwhile, Vidya Samiksha Kendra was inaugurated by the CM, as an addition to the series of initiatives in the field of systematic education at the Mid Day Meal Authority office. It is a 60 seater call centre with 18 screens, through which the dashboard is displayed using artificial intelligence.


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